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  •  in a world where (5+ / 0-)
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    DRo, jamess, CroneWit, worldlotus, kurt

    many people never did learned how to set the time on their vcrs or can't figure out how to silence their phones-and all that technology has moved on, it's no wonder to me at all that many people have no clue about this whole business. I have often marveled-so to speak- at the fact that people have a device- a computer- in their homes that is such sophisticated technology way beyond their understanding and they totally accept it. I suspect the average person is most worried about having their banking/credit/identity info stolen and misused. We have all had it drilled into us for years that we need to protect our computers from online trouble, whether that means malware, virus or whatever. Nobody wants their ability to use their computer messed up by those things, like the frustrations of dropped calls on their phone. Being inconvenienced is the biggest problem. Computers are way more sophisticated that the average person who has one. On a practical level they can do much more that the ordinary person has time or smarts to figure out.
    Sometimes this can all seem like trying to wrap you mind around the universe. How can we put any of the toothpaste back in the tube? Especially with a congress that can't/won't even talk to each other.

    all the above said at the risk of sounding like an unconcerned total rube :/

    btw thanks for the diary webranding.

    ..."For beauty," I replied. "And I for truth,-the two are one; We brethren are"... E. Dickinson

    by peagreen on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 02:56:42 PM PDT

    •  I've yet to meet a person who (7+ / 0-)

      could identify and know even the major functions of all the software on their system. And despite all the concern about spyware and the efforts to avoid it and the steps to identify the folks we allow to download to our systems, I know of no way that an average person could be certain any download had code that was pure and could not have an embedded threat.  We are told to not open email ftom someone we don't know but that is a laugh ( I suppose, at least people know what email is).

      Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

      by DRo on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 03:09:03 PM PDT

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      •  That's for sure!! I'm a programmer and when I (7+ / 0-)

        open up the pc task manager, there's so much crap running and I don't know what much of it is doing for sure.

        •  I know. (2+ / 0-)
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          I was an old mainframe person. Obsolete now because the PC people can get a system up and running today over a weekend that would have spanned years and needed thousands of man years back in the old days.  

          I strongly suspect that the bulk of the data captured by the front-ends of today is immediately translated (data names not needed) and ends up on mainframes, the programming done somewhere like India by a programmer that has no clue what data they are moving.  (Move x here to Y there and save).

          Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

          by DRo on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 03:29:05 PM PDT

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          •  There is still a demand for mainframers.... That's (1+ / 0-)
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            the area I primarily work.  For shear number crunching and data manipulation, a decent mainframe can run circles around servers.  But, yeah, to a certain extent the field has changed to programmer/analysts deciding what needs to be changed with a warm body that can type in India/China/Pakistan/wherever typing in the changes and coming up with a clean compile - but that doesn't mean the software 'works'!

            The project I'm currently working on.... I've done around 40 hours of analysis/design/learning and 7 to code and get a clean compile (with messing around a bit in there too).  I'll be doing at least 40 hours worth of testing to make sure the stuff is processing correctly.

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